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by Russ Williams
February 20th, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for mailing list members
Replies: 57
Views: 2350

Re: Question for mailing list members

Provenance.
by Russ Williams
February 16th, 2020, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A wine night in Charlotte
Replies: 23
Views: 1403

Re: A wine night in Charlotte

Namely most every restaurant is zero corkage or nominal at best ($5 or maybe $10 in the rare fine dining establishment). I am not sure where you eat in Charlotte but I have never seen corkage as low as $5. Almost everywhere they charge corkage and most of the time it is over $10. A few of the more ...
by Russ Williams
February 16th, 2020, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph
Replies: 10
Views: 1322

Re: TN: 2012 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph

Opened a 2013 tonight. Pretty open and expressive, Nose took an hour to come around but palate was ready from the open. Was good pairing with lamb but I’m not sure I buy it at current prices. It’s not that far off from Jamet or Clape Pricing and I think I like them a lot more for the price. Glad I ...
by Russ Williams
February 16th, 2020, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- Great recent US Pinots- Cristom, Littorai, Rhys Alesia, Ceritas, William Selyem
Replies: 4
Views: 716

Re: TN- Great recent US Pinots- Cristom, Littorai, Rhys Alesia, Ceritas, William Selyem

Tom - if you enjoyed the Ceritas Pinot wait until you try a chard.
by Russ Williams
February 15th, 2020, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Terrien Wines Chardonnay (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)
Replies: 6
Views: 359

Re: TN: 2015 Terrien Wines Chardonnay (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)

Mine will be shipped the last week of this month and after seeing this note I’m even more excited to get my hands on these.
by Russ Williams
February 13th, 2020, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm done*
Replies: 383
Views: 21682

Re: I'm done*

Neal, now that your firm’s fiscal year is over (I think you said end of January), are you retired yet? Strangely, January has 36 or 37 days some years at the firm. But yes, I packed up my desk on 1/31 and have been making a nuisance of myself at home since. Big congrats Neal and I hope you enjoy re...
by Russ Williams
February 12th, 2020, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 678
Views: 34131

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Purchased 18 bottles YTD Consumed 25 bottles YTD My purchases compared to my peak buying years of 2016 & 2017 are down nicely: 2018 - down 25% 2019 - down 45% This year will be the game changer thanks to retirement. It is a bit sad since chasing and buying wine has been a big part of my life for the...
by Russ Williams
February 11th, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys 2020 Spring Offer
Replies: 21
Views: 2043

Re: Rhys 2020 Spring Offer

Russ, the addition of Mt Pajaro now on its own has made the offer expand. I really dig Rhys but I've had to make some choices as I just don't drink as much still wine overall as I used to and I've learned to live in the same cellar capacity for the past 15 years so I'm at least one guy who is makin...
by Russ Williams
February 11th, 2020, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys 2020 Spring Offer
Replies: 21
Views: 2043

Re: Rhys 2020 Spring Offer

Anybody else overwhelmed by the size of this offering? I promised my wife that I would stop buying wine when we retired. Well, that time has come, but I did tell her the one caveat was Rhys and some champagne. At least I have until the 29th to figure it out.
by Russ Williams
February 11th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch Spring Release and some brief tasting notes
Replies: 17
Views: 1077

Re: Kutch Spring Release and some brief tasting notes

First come first served.
by Russ Williams
February 9th, 2020, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paul Dethune Brut Rosé, or how to make a good rosé
Replies: 16
Views: 449

Re: Paul Dethune Brut Rosé, or how to make a good rosé

Warren Taranow wrote:
February 9th, 2020, 12:24 am
Love this. Haven't seen it in a while from Envoyer.
Sadly, there are a lot of good champagnes I haven’t seen in a while.
by Russ Williams
February 8th, 2020, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Ceritas Peter Martin Ray Vyd. Cabernet
Replies: 8
Views: 319

Re: TN: 2013 Ceritas Peter Martin Ray Vyd. Cabernet

Sc0tt F!tzger@ld wrote:
February 7th, 2020, 5:49 pm
I don’t care for their PN. But their chard is world class. Thanks for the note on the cab. I’ll have to try one sometime.
Agreed Scott on both the PN and Chard. I purchased my first 3-pack of the recently released cab as it stylistically sounds like a good match with my palate.
by Russ Williams
February 8th, 2020, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1712
Views: 100098

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Warren - If I remember correctly there were some comments recently about more recent disgorgements being less interesting?
by Russ Williams
February 2nd, 2020, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?
Replies: 177
Views: 8112

Re: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?

Really looking forward to trying the 2015 Terrien Chard.
by Russ Williams
February 2nd, 2020, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Top Domestic Syrah and it is 2007 Rhys Horseshoe
Replies: 4
Views: 790

Re: A Top Domestic Syrah and it is 2007 Rhys Horseshoe

Unfortunately I didn’t purchase the 2007 as I was focusing on the Skyline Syrah. I have purchased the Horseshoe since 2008 though, but the ‘08 is just an ok wine.
by Russ Williams
February 1st, 2020, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 170
Views: 7775

Re: Grassl Glassware

Received my two 1855s last night. Love the shape. As others have commented, they are crazy light! These are my first "expensive" wine glasses, and I never thought I'd spend more than $10 on a wine glass, but here we are, and these are great. Maiden voyage was a Sandlands 2015 Trousseau. (Very good ...
by Russ Williams
January 28th, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 176
Views: 16949

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

Brent S wrote:
January 28th, 2020, 9:42 am
Here is your deal!

$145. No tax. Free shipping

https://www.hookedonwine.net/2008-dom-p ... 24455.html?

The code is “Dom” for free shipping.

The free shipping is supposed to be on 3+ bottles but it works on 1+!!!!!
Thanks Brent!!
by Russ Williams
January 28th, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?
Replies: 177
Views: 8112

Re: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?

Wasn’t planning on buying anything...I know, famous last words on BD.

Grassl 3 - Liberte and 3 - Cru
Terrien Chard
Jean Edwards Sauv Blanc
by Russ Williams
January 27th, 2020, 2:05 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: SHIPPING UPDATES - JEAN EDWARDS CELLARS
Replies: 87
Views: 3969

Re: JEAN EDWARDS CELLARS: ONLY A FEW PACKS LEFT - MT. VEEDER CAB, SAUV BLANC, PLUS BIG GAME BONUS - DO YOU FEEL LUCKY?

Love the cabs as they represent some of the best QPR. Decided to try the Sauv Blanc this year as it sounds delicious and will be in my wheelhouse. I highly recommend these wines.
by Russ Williams
January 27th, 2020, 7:44 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)
Replies: 183
Views: 9236

Re: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)

First purchase of Grassl glasses - Liberte and Cru. Thanks Chris!!
by Russ Williams
January 6th, 2020, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?
Replies: 99
Views: 2902

Re: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?

I thought Pappy Van Winkle was all the rage.
by Russ Williams
December 9th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12712
Views: 614748

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2015 Laherte Frères Champagne Blanc des Blancs Extra Brut Les Crayères
2013 Laherte Frères Champagne Les Empreintes
NV Lilbert-Fils Champagne Grand Cru Perle Blanc de Blancs
by Russ Williams
December 6th, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Benetiere Cordeloux
Replies: 4
Views: 462

Re: 2012 Benetiere Cordeloux

Nice to hear this is showing so well.
by Russ Williams
November 26th, 2019, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hundred Acre Wraith
Replies: 30
Views: 4053

Re: Hundred Acre Wraith

Folks are still paying absurd money for chocolate milkshakes? [scratch.gif] [berserker.gif] neener
by Russ Williams
November 18th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 2017 Model Farm Petaluma Gap Syrah
Replies: 4
Views: 411

Re: TN - 2017 Model Farm Petaluma Gap Syrah

I’m a big fan of what Joanna and Sean are doing. Anyone opened a Chard recently?
by Russ Williams
November 13th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zalto…takes a lickin…..
Replies: 83
Views: 7970

Re: Zalto…takes a lickin…..

Josh Grossman wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 9:04 am
I've now broken 8 of my 12 Gabriel-Glas. Many when I was trying to lightly polish them. I guess, oftentimes, you get what you pay for.
You do what to your GG glasses? [scratch.gif]
by Russ Williams
November 9th, 2019, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 87
Views: 7698

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

Frank Murray III wrote:
November 9th, 2019, 11:27 am
Josh Grossman wrote:
November 9th, 2019, 10:49 am
Asked for a sampling of all of today’s PEHU-SIMONET offerings. Seems like it’s my style of Champagne
In for the 2012s, too.
I grabbed some of the 2008.
by Russ Williams
October 27th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fave Champagne stopper?
Replies: 37
Views: 1576

Re: Fave Champagne stopper?

by Russ Williams
October 25th, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Storage in VA Beach?
Replies: 8
Views: 272

Re: Wine Storage in VA Beach?

You will probably have to drop your wine off at a storage facility in DC on your way to VA Beach.
by Russ Williams
October 21st, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 172
Views: 7193

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

Russ, First off, really cool that you're active here. I've bought a bunch of stuff from you and have been mostly happy with all of it. Personally, I don't care if you ship in styro or pulp or Q-tips or whatever. My whole point is, our collective obsession with wine is the actual problem. Arguing ab...
by Russ Williams
October 21st, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei
Replies: 81
Views: 4096

Re: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei

GregT wrote:
October 18th, 2019, 7:44 pm
When the prices go up, I'll probably stop. But in a way that's a good thing because I really don't need any more wine.
Same here thank goodness and the only region I am planning to continue buying from is Champagne which is not subject to the tariff.
by Russ Williams
October 20th, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 172
Views: 7193

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

Every positive thing you do for the environment (or anything else) is a positive and better than not doing it, so I'm not discouraging anyone from advocating for better materials, reusing boxes, and so forth. But we probably shouldn't congratulate ourselves very much for whatever we do. If we're ho...
by Russ Williams
October 15th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1712
Views: 100098

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Neal.Mollen wrote:
October 14th, 2019, 12:28 pm
I was tempted. But trying to show resolve
I was also tempted, but only for a nanosecond. With retirement starting soon it was an easy pass.
by Russ Williams
October 9th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12712
Views: 614748

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Warren Taranow wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 1:05 pm
It's a bad week when you post back to back on this thread.

2014 Marguet Champagne Grand Cru Extra Brut Les Saints Remys
A pass for me at $90
by Russ Williams
October 8th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 4030

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

Nothing like a collapsing infrastructure.
by Russ Williams
October 7th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 89
Views: 7311

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

Yes, email arrived today. I think they stagger the releases so if you're newer on the list it could hit you next week(?). Not sure though. It's not newer. I've been purchasing Ceritas for 5 or 6 years. I think it's on volume. offers go out to the larger buyers first. BTW what was the price for that...
by Russ Williams
October 5th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle
Replies: 29
Views: 1778

Re: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle

Unemployment ALWAYS peaks (at lowest) immediately before the turn. It wont be "different this time". The market, and to a large extent the economy, has been propped up by Central Bank policies. They "solved" the biggest debt bubble and bust by adding 70% more debt on top of the peak from 11-12 year...
by Russ Williams
October 5th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12712
Views: 614748

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A couple of bottles of each:

2014 Bérêche et Fils Les Beaux Regards
2014 Bérêche et Fils Campania Remensis
2014 Marguet Champagne Grand Cru Extra Brut Les Crayères
2014 Marguet Champagne Grand Cru Le Parc
2017 Arnot-Roberts Chardonnay Trout Gulch Vineyard
by Russ Williams
October 5th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1252
Views: 71636

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

My issue is the pricing for a lot of the offers. If the dollar is so strong why are wine prices going straight up? Europe is in a recession, China’s economy is slowing dramatically and wine prices are at all time highs.
by Russ Williams
October 5th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle
Replies: 29
Views: 1778

Re: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle

Funny that unemployment is as low as it has been since 1969. Yeah the sky is absolutely falling. I assume all you folks saying a recession is coming (and I don’t deny that fact as we are way over due based on historical trends) do not have your money invested in the stock market. For now however, wh...
by Russ Williams
September 30th, 2019, 9:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 678
Views: 34131

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

3rd QTR has been very successful as I have consumed 30 more bottles than I’ve purchased.
by Russ Williams
September 25th, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Carlisle Syrah JamesBerry '08...(short/boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 938

Re: Yup....

Tom - I quit buying the syrah's and only buy Mike's zins. I have consumed the majority of my 2006-2008 syrah's and have found that the wines (for my taste) do not develop any complexity. The tannins and fruit just seem to get softer with age. They are well made wines, but the just don't do it for m...
by Russ Williams
September 20th, 2019, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12712
Views: 614748

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2015 Marc Hébrart SC
by Russ Williams
September 9th, 2019, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gilman is crazy about Rhys "Hillside" wines
Replies: 204
Views: 20047

Re: Gilman is crazy about Rhys "Hillside" wines

Anyone sitting on some ‘06 Alpine Hillside PN should open one as this is in a great place. Wonderful balance with a lengthy mineral, black cherry, raspberry and blackberry finish with a kiss of acidity. Thrilled to have one bottle left. Corks on the 06’s remain problematic. Make sure to have an ah s...
by Russ Williams
September 7th, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 87
Views: 7698

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

AD Northup wrote:
September 6th, 2019, 9:38 am
2012 Bereche et Fils Reflet d’Antan seems like a solid deal on a good wine.
I have never had a Bereche so this seemed like a good place to start, especially for the price. champagne.gif
by Russ Williams
September 5th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12712
Views: 614748

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2017 Kutch Trout Gulch Chard SCM
2017 Kutch Bohan Graveyard Block SC Pinot
by Russ Williams
September 5th, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1252
Views: 71636

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

John J wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Anyone grab any of the 2004 Daniel-Etienne Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Les Lys?
I grabbed a few last November. This offer must mean they have arrived or will be soon.
by Russ Williams
September 5th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traveling Wine Glasses
Replies: 14
Views: 696

Re: Traveling Wine Glasses

Albert R wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 10:00 am
Dave McIsaac wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 9:08 am
Russ Williams wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 8:57 am
If you’re driving I would recommend a wine glass carrying case and take your good glasses. No need to sacrifice when traveling.
+1
+3
Air, road or sea we always take our stems!
What do you use when traveling by air?
by Russ Williams
September 5th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traveling Wine Glasses
Replies: 14
Views: 696

Re: Traveling Wine Glasses

If you’re driving I would recommend a wine glass carrying case and take your good glasses. No need to sacrifice when traveling.

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